As a congressman and before he moved to Washington, Mike Pompeo lived in a 5,500-square-foot house in Wichita, Kansas, replete with vaulted ceilings, four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
But what he could afford then could not compare when he relocated to the capital as the director of the CIA and then secretary of state.
Instead, Pompeo and his wife now rent a modest home in Virginia.
He is about to receive an upgrade, courtesy of the federal government.
After months of quiet back-and-forth, the Defense Department has agreed to rent Pompeo a flag officer's home on a military base in the Washington area.
Which base and what house, Heather Nauert, the State Department's spokeswoman, declined to divulge. She said the new home would not only be modest, but would also save taxpayers more than $400,000 a year in security costs.
"Secretary Pompeo will personally pay fair market value for the residence," Ms. Nauert said. "This arrangement will present taxpayers a significant cost savings over options that previous secretaries of state utilized."